Anegada is the second biggest of the Virgin Isles with about 38 km2, but also the most thinly inhabited of the major isles, with a total of 285 inhabitants, as in the 2010 census. 5 ] Most of the people of Anegada are living in the only settlement.
Anegada' s main activity is touring. There will be about 200 extra tourists on a normal touristic tour. Industrial fisheries are also a major activity in Anegada, with most of the freshwater and perch fisheries being provided by locals to the remainder of the UK Virgin Islands.
Anegada has a large populated area of fish, making it a favourite fly-fishing area. It is known for its kilometres of sandy beach and the 29 km long Horseshoe Red, the biggest Caribbean sea wall and the world' s 4th-biggest.
It' hard to navigate to Anegada on this one. Whilst bareboats between most other Virgin Islands often do not allow their customers to go to Anegada to prevent the boat collapsing on the island's cliffs. It has created several hundred shipwrecks among them the HMS Astraea 1808, the Donna Paula (1819), the MS Rocus (1929) As such it was once an important dive area.
The BVI has banned anchorage at Horseshoe Reef to save the area. Also known for the great saline lakes that make up much of the western end of the islands, these lagoons, which are home to a rare wildlife, were declared a Ramsar area on 11 May 1999.
Some of the other rarer or extinct wildlife is the Anegada Iguan ( "Cyclura penguis") and various turtle/cowtles. Shellfish, Carribean lobsters (metanephrops binghami) and many fish can be found near Anegada, especially in the shallow water off the northern part of the northern part of the Isle. Ft. Worth Zoo now runs a "Headstart" institution in the village of Anegada Rocks.
Freshly born lizards are captured in the wild, taken into the enclosure and reared until they are large enough to protect themselves against the only predators in Anegada. One of the most prolific shellfish beds in the Caribbean was the site of the over-fishing.
We also have wild bovine, donkey, goat, cow and ovine population living in all areas of the isle. The Anegadians have always tolerated the storms by tethering their dory with a cord to the mangrove tribes and covered them with a tarpaulin. Today, with enough advance notice, only a few are leaving the archipelago and drive to Tortola until the hurricane is over.
Hurricane Earl's eyes happened on August 30, 2010 only 15 to 20 nautical leagues in a wind force of over 135 pph just off Anegada. This narrow pass caused considerable damages on the archipelago, with large floods on the southern side due to the tidal flow and rupturing sea breezes.
There was no tidal tide on the northern side of the islands, and Horseshoe Reef sheltered the northern side of the islands from raging seawells. Twenty-four hour before the arrival of the windstorm, it was predicted that the wind would move well northwards. When it turned out that the cyclone would have a big effect, the entire transport of Anegada ("air and ferry") had been stopped.
No serious injury has been recorded on the Isle. About 70 pupils are attending the Claudia Creque Educational Centre. It is the only self-contained education in Anegada covering preschool, elementary and high schools. The project is financed and run by the UK Virgin Islands Governments. 110: Greenland, the east coast of North and South America (excluding the east coast of Florida) and the West Indies (PDF).
Saba Rock, with a part-time motel on top, is probably also ininhabited. Sandy Spit is the only other important isle of corals and limestones in the territory. Blytmann, Days W. "The Story of the Shipwrecks on Anegada Isle, 1500-1899". Blytmann, Days W. "The Story of the Shipwrecks on Anegada Island".
Better known as the "Bone Wreck" Wikimedia Commons has coverage of Anegada.